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suspects were also talking about attacking the israeli and saudi embassies here in washington. it's official. demonstrators at freedom plaza can stay longer than first planned. they can now stay through december 30th. late last night they amended the protesters' permit. meanwhile, they arrested several protesters from occupy d.c. inside the hart senate building. they were attempting to unfurl a banner that read tax the rich. it's the first time a group of protesters was arrested since occupying d.c. a millionaire march in new york city. they marched through the homes of the wealthiest residents. they carried large checks that signified how much the wealthy will play when new york's 2% tax expires in november. a person was hit by a train in clarendon.
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the incident made for a chaotic commute on the orange line. take a look at cell phone pictures taken from the rosslyn metro station as dozens of riders were trapped on the platform. the man was hit in clarendon, and that station was closed. peaks h passengers had to get off the train in rosslyn. the escalators were out, and that made things worse. >> everyone is checking on everybody else for health, but then you had people who were starting to be in respiratory distress. people were starting to feel their heart hurting, and then you had emts coming down. >> metro officials said the escalators did what they were supposed to do, which is automatically shut down when there's too many passengers and an overload on the escalators. look at that crowd. >> a tough way to get home. 4:31, our first look at the forecast and rain in the area
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already, tom. it started a couple of hours ago, and it's picking up in intensity. let's take a look at the radar around the region. this rain surging up from the south. this area of yellow is where it's coming down harder in prince william county and advancing into southern fairfax county. we're getting pockets of more moderate rain. it's not quite heavy. it's moderate. elsewhere, scattered light showers across virginia, much of maryland, and district of columbia. and across the bay in annapolis towards easton and central delaware, light to moderate showers. temperatures in low to mid-60s throughout most of the region. right now 65 at reagan national. we'll hold steady in the 60s throughout much of the day. there's the cloud cover over washington. sunrise at 7:14. it's back passing showers throughout the day. highs only reaching upper 60s to around 70 by early afternoon. grab the umbrella before you
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head off to work and school. a look at your evening planner in ten minutes. here's a look at evening traffic. good morning, danella. >> good morning. if you're taking the bay bridge westbound, an accident here. multi-vehicle crash, but one lane will get you by heading west across the bridge. other areas are wet. i want to caution you. local roadways. see leaves on the roadway, and it's going to make for a slippery commute. let's take a look at the american legion bridge. inner loop and outer loop is clear, slick roadways. this is the bridge as well. southeast bridges not seeing any problems, but some slick roadway. if you're making the commute across the 14th street bridge at this time, clear as well. joe and eun, back to you. this morning we've learned that a woman accused of randomly stabbing a shopper outside a target store yesterday has been charged with a similar unprovoked attack before. police say this surveillance video from a shoppers food
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warehouse in bowie shows her attempting to buy knives yesterday and then stealing them after her credit card is declined. just moments later she stabbed a woman in the neck and shoulder outside a neighboring target. it's similar to an attack starks was charged with in 2005. >> it's disturbing it's the same individual charged in a similar crime. >> police had to tase starks in order to arrest her. she was released from the mental hospital just 60 days ago. she had been released from prison just a day before the 2005 attack. police say they've made a major discovery in the search for an alexandria community activist that's been missing for three weeks. lenny harris' abandoned toyota corolla was found yesterday in prince george's county. shortly after he disappeared, cameras captured images of a man using harris' credit card.
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the last time anyone saw harris, he said he was going to, quote, meet someone outside the rec center. his phone was found on the bridge. a rally this afternoon as union workers get ready for a possible strike. about 12,000 union workers getting ready to strike when their contract expires on sunday. they're asking for fewer staff cuts and more benefits for workers. a sinkhole in northern virginia that opened up early last month is now growing and coming closer to swallowing up several homes. this is what the sinkhole looked like back on september 21st. the patio of one of the houses crumbling there. now 20 days later this patio has completely fallen into the deep hole, 30 feet deep, and is three to four feet from two other homes. geo technical engineers are on
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the site taking soil and water samples, trying to figure out what to do next. >> to determine if the problem is continuing to evolve, what the composition of the soils are. it's really leading to determine how this can be fixed and even if this can be fixed. >> the work to fix the hole has already cost $15,000, some of which the county and state may be able to help pay for. because insurance will not cover the damage, a local church has started a fund. it has already raised more than $27,000 for the families. president obama has been invited to tour the epicenter of the east coast quake to see the damage firsthand. virginia governor bob mcdonnell invited the president to tour the rural town of mineral, where the 5.8 magnitude quake hit on august the 23rd. fema turned down an application last week that asked for federal assistance for people in the town whose homes and businesses were damaged in the quake. mcdonnell urged the president to
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visit during his two-state tour next week. one of the president's stops is in charlottesville, just a 45-minute drive from mineral. presidential hopefuls trying to set themselves apart in the latest debate. mitt romney came out as the front-runner in new hampshire, and romney did nothing to hurt his campaign, but the spotlight seemed to shine brightest on herman cain. the godfather pizza ceo is surging in the polls thanks to his 9, 9, 9 business plan. >> 9% federal tax, 9% personal income tax, and a 9% sales tax. #, 9, 9, 9. >> rick perry tried to give his campaign a boost. new jersey governor chris christie, who spurned repeated
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calls for a run for president himself, endorsed romney's campaign saying america cannot afford another four years of president obama. the move sends a signal to the skeptical republican establishment to fall in line behind the former massachusetts governor. people in virginia already have an opinion about what they think should be the republican candidate for president. in a quinnipiac university poll out today, herman cain is one of the front runners. he is tied for mitt romney with the top spot, each with 21% of the vote. that's a 15% rise for cain in the poll from last month. meanwhile, rick perry fell from 25% to just 11% of republicans surveyed, erasing a clear lead he held a month ago. senate republicans and two democrats blocked president obama's jobs bill. the $447 billion package failed to get the necessary votes to have the full senate consider the legislation. the president blasted republicans for not passing it, saying the bill contains the
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kinds of proposals republicans have supported in the past. republicans are against the measure over its tax surcharge oge millionaires. democratic leaders say they're trying to divide the package into pieces that will be too politically popular to oppose. ahead on "news 4 today," looking for baby lisa. a missouri couple's desperate move to help find their missing daughter.
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good morning. weather and traffic on the ones. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. right now on the radar we are seeing some showers advancing south to north and moving into the metro area. where you see the darker greens and yellows, that's where it's coming down harder, getting moderate rain now through much of fairfax county as well as farther to the south down interstate 95 through prince william into stafford and spotsylvania. these showers advancing to the north. elsewhere, scattered light rain across much of virginia and maryland and into west virginia. temperatures right now in the low to mid-60s. 64 at reagan national. from the main avenue waterfront
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to greenbelt, upper marlboro, mclean, and colesville, we'll have occasional showers throughout the day today. sunrise at 7:14. those showers continuing off and on through the afternoon. highs only reaching upper 60s to around 70. here's your evening planner. sunset 6:34. yes, more passing showers are likely through the night. we'll be in the 60s through the evening. a look at changes on the way for tomorrow. a look at friday and the weekend too. that will be coming up in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? as if we needed more rain. i don't think we need more, but we have more. it is going to slow you down this morning. so give yourself some extra time. right now traffic is very light. still seeing a lot of green in our area while you're making your commute. let's start with 270. 270 traveling north or south on 270, i'm not seeing any problems for you. this is the view at west montgomery avenue. as you continue on from the spur to the beltway, again, clear in both directions. taking 66 in virginia, the wet
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roadways we were talking about here. as you continue your commute east from sully road heading through the rosslyn tunnel. again, you are clear. in fact, clear in both directions. i'm back in ten minutes with another update.
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welcome back at 4:46. an engineer who believed she suffered a stroke while at a research station in antarctica could be evacuated as soon as friday. she's been asking for an emergency evacuation from the south pole since august 26th, when on-site doctors believe she suffered a stroke. the raytheon company says her condition is not life
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threatening, and an evacuation would be dangerous because of low temperatures. a weather window is opening up, and a cargo plane will arrive friday to take her home. the family of a missing 10-month-old baby has hired a private investigator. lisa irwin disappeared from her kansas city home more than a week ago. they say someone must have entered their home and taken her while she sleeps. they have hired an investigator to coordinate the efforts. >> there is a bad guy out there with this child. we want to get this child home safe and sound. that's the ultimate goal for everyone. let's have a happy ending for this. >> police crews searched a well about five blocks from her home but did not find anything. investigators don't have any suspects in the case. prosecutors are winding down the case against the doctor charged with michael jackson's death. they include calling experts in pharmacology and propofol. yesterday they heard more of
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murray's police interrogation. prosecutors played an audiotape of murray's interview just days after jackson's death. he described the scene in the hospital after they learned their father died. >> they cried and cried and how will they live without their dad. she asked me, dr. murray, she said, you save a lot of patients. you saved people with heart attacks. you couldn't save my dad. you know, i will wake up in the morning and won't be able to see my daddy. >> murray is accused of giving the singer a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol in 2009. if convicted, he faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical license. 240 grams of cocaine found hidden in bed post knobs on a plane coming from el salvador. agents say a courier brought in the knobs along with other
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goods. the cocaine has a street value of $17,000. the courier was released to return back to el salvador. if you're having pancaking or waffles this morning, you may want to take a closer look at your maple syrup. there is a new crackdown on syrup knock-offs. that's right, vermont senator patrick leahy is proposing new legislation to make it a federal crime to mislabel products as containing maple syrup. the democrat says the law is needed to protect vermont's maple crop from fraud. this comes after the fda found a man in rhode island was selling fake vermont maple syrup online. the product actually contained no syrup at all. a popular gaming system has once again been attacked. sony says it has detected a large number of unauthorized attempts to access user accounts on the playstation network. the tech company says they've locked about 93,000 accounts whose ids and passwords were stolen. the credit card numbers linked to those accounts were not at
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risk. earlier this year. they broke into the playstation network and compromised more than 100 million accounts, stealing personal information and credit card numbers. the state tries to raise money for transportation projec projects. a transportation panel is considering a 5% gas tax hike and a 6% jump in vehicle registration fees as likely options for raising $800 million a year in transportation money. fees for emissions testing and vehicle titles could also climb. the panel won't formally make recommendations until later this month. metro is changing how riders pay for their trips to make it all less confusing. according to "washington examiner" there are 40,000 combinations of how the agency can charge you. the transit agency is considering adding unlimited monthly passes and could cancel the 20 cent peak of the peak rail surcharge. they plan to add a new fare
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framework by january. looking for a new pet, but a cat or dog is not your style? the prince william county animal shelter may have the perfect pet for you. say hello to wilbur, the pot bellied pig. only a face a mother could love. he's 5 years old and weighs more than 200 pounds. he needs a new home because his previous owners could not keep him from running away. he is a big fan of dog treats and loves being scratched behind the ears. he is cute, but shelter workers -- >> no, he's not. >> -- warn that he can be a bit stubborn at times. do you think stubborn is the biggest problem we have with wilbur? >> i think he keeps running away because his owners have mirrors at home, and he sees himself and thinks no way, boo, gone. >> how do you feed a 200-pound pot belly pig? >> through the mouth. with a shovel.
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>> i think he's cute, joe. as you walk your pig this morning, you will be needing an umbrella as we have showers coming through. they'll be with us from time to time throughout the rest of the day and into tonight. right now just some light rain at reagan national. there's the washington monument under this cloudy sky. a live picture from the city camera on this wednesday morning. temperature at reagan national now at 64. we've got an east-northeasterly wind around 10 to 15 miles an hour. a bit of a wind whipped rain coming down now through much of the region. over the last hour, the wind advancing south to north. we've got one area of orange, moderate rain along the beltway in fairfax county, from mclean all the way down to right near where little river turnpike is. this is heading off to the north. across the potomac and move into southern montgomery county. elsewhere, scattered lighter showers across maryland, virginia, and west virginia.
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heavy downpours out of the mountains where their temperatures in the upper 50s. generally low to mid-60s from the blue ridge through the bay. we're in the mid-60s from montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's counties, and the district of columbia. here's the potential rainfall all the way into tomorrow. this area of blue, this is a zone here. we could pick up as much as .5 inch to 1.5 inches. that's going to be much of the area. we may have heavier downpours on the eastern shore. they could get over 2 inches of rain from this by the time it all ends by thursday afternoon. we're going to be in for a wet period here for the rest of the day today. allow extra time as you head off to work and school this morning. we'll be in the 60s with occasional showers throughout the day as well as overnight tonight. we'll be in the 60s through the evening as well. we may get a respite tomorrow morning. looks like more rain likely tomorrow afternoon and evening with thunder and lightning. that may linger into friday morning. otherwise, drying out friday afternoon and into the weekend. looking nice and dry all the way into tuesday too.
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danella, good morning. how's traffic? traffic still very light in our area. i'll give you a live look at the beltway now. let's start with the beltway in prince george's county. taking the beltway around route 5, inner loop and outer loop, you're clear. as you loop into montgomery county, this is the view at colesville road. not seeing any problems for you. keep in mind, outer loop, especially around connecticut avenue in montgomery county, is going to be a bit bumpy and a bit wet. as we head over the beltway, robinson terminal, you can see the roads are slick. inner loop and outer loop in virginia is clear. i'm back in ten minutes with a look at your rails. back to you both. >> all right, danella. thank you. do you think joe and i look sharp now? you always look sharp. imagine watching us on a brand new 42-inch hdtv. that is today's nbc 4 fandemonium prize. >> don't scare the children. all you need to do is like us on
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our nbc washington facebook page and sign up to win great prizes. our time is now 4:54. coming up, food for thought. why your eating habits could now affect your genes.
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it's long been thought that you can't do much to change your genes and the inherited health risk that they bring. the u.s. is now challenging that theory. researchers at mcmasters university in canada looks at a gene that increases the risk for heart disease. they found people that had the gene and ate a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables had the same risk for heart attack as those that did not have the heart disease gene. today you can help first lady michelle obama set a record. she's trying to set a record for jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. they kicked off at the white house lawn. it's all part of the first lady's let's move campaign to stop childhood obesity. >> i'm the first lady. i get to do a lot of cool things, but this is really exciting. i never thought in my entire life that i would be here today to break a guinness world
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record, and i'm here doing it with all of you, and that makes it even more fun because the whole country, the world is going to see just how much fun we can have, not just breaking a world record, but also doing some exercise, right? >> now you can join in the fun by doing jumping jacks for a solid minute today. this will teach you just exactly how long 60 seconds is. and you can do it alone or with a group. you will need to register online at the deadline is 3:00 this afternoon. you can almost feel the earth shake with all those folks doing jumping jacks. >> it's a cool scene. even if you aren't rushing out to buy the iphone 4s, the iphone or ipad you already own could be getting an upgrade. the ios 5 operating system comes out with new upgrades and se


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